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UC A-G Requirements

The following are minimum* high school course requirements for students planning to attend the University of California or a California State University. All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher: (*Students considering a competitive University should always plan on taking additional requirements beyond the minimum.)

University of California



Social Science

World History, U.S. History, American Government (min. 2 yrs.)


8 Semesters, All College Prep


3 yrs. of College Prep Math (To include Alg. 1C, Geometry 1C, Alg. II C)

4 yrs. recommended


2 yrs. of Lab Science

3 yrs. recommended

(CSU requires 1 year of Life Science and 1 year of Physical Science)

Visual & Performing Arts

1 yr. Choose from approved list offered by Art , Music, or Drama Departments

Foreign Language

2 yrs. Same language required*

3 yrs. recommended

Additional College Prep Electives Required

2 semesters of College Prep Electives

(Additional English, Math, Foreign Language, Social Science)

This is the University of California's Description of the rationale behind the a-g subject requirements for UC admission.

"a-g" Subject Area Requirements

The intent of the "a-g" Subject Requirements is to ensure that students can participate fully in the first-year program at the University in a wide variety of fields of study. The requirements are written deliberately for the benefit of all students expecting to enter the University, and not for preparation for specific majors. UC faculty consider the Subject Requirements to be effective preparation, on many levels, for undergraduate work at the University. This pattern of study assures the faculty that the student has attained a body of general knowledge that will provide breadth and perspective to new, more advanced study. Fulfillment of the "a-g" pattern also demonstrates that the student has attained essential critical thinking and study skills.

Keep in mind that taking approved high school ("a-g") courses isn't the only way to satisfy these requirements. You also may meet them by completing college courses or earning certain scores on SAT, Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams


ESGVROP/TC's Approved List

Approved list of A-G courses